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Monday, December 18

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Mordicai Gerstein @ AIC

Mordicai Gerstein, author and illustrator of Caldecott Award winner The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, stops at the Art Institute to partake in their Meet the Artist Series. The event will take place in the museum's Price Auditorium, located on the lower level near the exhibition Fantasy, Facts, and Furry Friends, of which Gerstein is a featured artist. Gerstein can be seen at 11am. The Art Institute is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave.; call 312-857-7161 for more information. This event is free with museum admission.

Cartography Opening @ Johnsonese Gallery

Johnsonese Gallery's new exhibition, "Cartography 101," opens tonight with a reception lasting from 6-8pm. The exhibition features 16 artists from across the U.S. and their map-inspired work. Not entirely geographical nor political, the artists use maps as a jumping off point to create everything from three-dimensional installations to sculpted fashions. The show will run through September 24. Johnsonese Gallery is located at 2149 W. Armitage Ave. Call 773-252-8750 for more information.

Chicago Poetry Squared

Part of the 2005 Chicago Poetry Fest, Chicago Poetry Squared is a free poetry reading staged outside Giddings Plaza on the 4700 block of N. Lincoln Ave. From 3-8pm you can listen to all sorts of poets read their work. Visit the website for a complete listing of participating poets.

ImprovOlympic 25 anniversary @ Chicago Theater

The I.O. Theater (originally named the ImprovOlympic, but unfortunately they had to change their name when the Olympics people complained) celebrates its 25th anniversary tonight with a show featuring many of the theater's famous alumni. Get a load of this list: Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch , Horatio Sanz, Seth Meyers, Andy Richter, Andy Dick, Neil Flynn, Adam McKay, Joel Murray, Ian Gomez.... "and a special surprise from Tina Fey". Improv fans will obviously want to get tickets for this. The show starts at 8:00 PM at the Chicago Theater (175 N. State Street); tickets are $25-75 and can be purchased at the Chicago Theater box office or, if you must, through Ticketmaster.

Re-Opening of Mies van der Rohe's Crown Center

This Saturday is the grand re-opening of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Crown Hall on the campus of IIT. Restoration of the modernist masterpiece has been completed, and the campus is celebrating with an open house, as well as campus tours, readings, and live music from the M's. ArchitectureChicago Plus has the schedule of events here. If you're a fan of modern design, the IIT campus is truly worth a visit! The festivities run from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M, but the Crown Hall tours run on the hour, every hour. The M's perform at 4:30.

Apu trilogy @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents a screening of Satyajit Ray's classic trilogy of films: Pather Panchali (1955); Aparajito (1956); and Apur Sansar (1959). Definitely a must-see for fans of classic films. The three films will be screened this weekend, and each one will be reshown at the beginning of next week; see the Film Center site for a complete schedule. Tickets are $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Downtown Bridges Canoe Trip

Today, check out the bridges from a new angle on a Downtown Bridges Canoe Trip from 8am-4pm. Organized by Friends of the Chicago River. See Chicago's historic bridges as you paddle through the Loop and the South Branch. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Experience required; paddlers should be able to control a canoe in windy and choppy conditions. Advance registration required. Fees are $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Call (312) 939-0490, ext.10.

The Furies @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

One of Anthony Mann's first Westerns, The Furies features Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston in a family feud spiced up with a dose of Greek tragedy. Also on the bill is Keno Bates, Liar, a 1915 silent Western short starring William S. Hart. At the LaSalle Bank Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park Rd., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children. Call 312-904-9442 for more information.

Sissy Butch Brothers Burlesque

Have you been waiting for the Sissy Butch Brothers to put on another show? It's finally here! This funny, smart and sexy burlesque show on August 27 at the Abbey. With guest stars including Satan's Angel and Lady Ace, plus a bevy of local acts, this is a must-see. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs just $15.

Scary Lady Sarah's Birthday

Legendary DJ Scary Lady Sarah turns a year older tonight, and is celebrating with a very special edition of her monthly "Nocturna" dark
alternative dance club night. She'll be spinning goth,
industrial, dark indie, darkwave, new wave, ebm, deathrock, ethereal and shoegazer and giving away CDs and who knows what else. Upstairs at Bottom Lounge, 3206 N. Wilton, 9pm to 3am. $6 for 21+, $8 for 18-20.

Bucktown Arts Fest

What started as a small gathering of local artists, the annual Bucktown Arts Fest now presents a large variety of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, music and more. It's a great way to check out what's happening in the Chicago art world without being badgered by that pesky "large-scale commercialism." The fest is located at Senior Citizen's Park, at Oakley and Lyndale, near the Western Blue Line stop. Hours are from 11am-7pm. (At the time of posting the official website wasn't working. Here's hoping it is now.)

 

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